A serious flaw in my perfume collection

It only hit me yesterday.

I have no florals in my collection!

What I mean is, the only florals I have are of the white and lush kind and I’m sure there are others out there that don’t fall into this category.

Is it possible that so far I haven’t come across one I liked?!  The only thing I could come up with that is floral and I have it, is Paestum Rose (but this also falls into category “there must be other flowers out there besides roses”).

I’ve been going in my mind through my bottle and decant collection and just can’t come up with anything that could be termed a floral (without being a tuberose/gardenia/jasmine or rose). I mean, there are other florals out there, right?

And the only floral perfume I know I like and think of as the best representative of the genre is Juliet by Juliet Stewart. Which of course, I don’t own. 🙂

So please, suggestions would be most welcome of where to start my floral journey.

P.S. I seem to have journeyed through every other perfume genre out there but this one.

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22 thoughts on “A serious flaw in my perfume collection

  1. olfactoriastravels.com May 11, 2011 at 09:52 Reply

    Off the top of my head: Malle En Passant (lilac), Tauer Carillon pour un Ange (muguet), Caron Bellodgia (carnation), Malle Lys Mediterranée (lily), Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus or Parfum d'Empire Osmanthus Interdite and I'm sure you have an iris in your collection?


  2. Ines May 11, 2011 at 10:02 Reply

    Thanks for the suggestions! I tried En Passant you sent and that one works for me (and was actually what propelled me into this). Carillon I have a sample of but I don't find it wearable unfortunately (I like it a lot, just not for me).I do have several osmanthus samples, and I like that particular note, but never went for more than a sample (I should get myself some). That's a very good suggestion.Bellodgia and Lys Mediteranee I'm unfamiliar with – but keep wanting to try them.And yes, I have an iris. 🙂 But it's the little bottle of Iris Ukiyoe so I tend to forget I have it. 🙂


  3. axum May 11, 2011 at 10:17 Reply

    Hmm…have you tried Armani Onde Extase (daffodil)? I quite like it, in spite of its silly name.


  4. Ines May 11, 2011 at 10:20 Reply

    Axum, I've never even heard of this one. 🙂 Thank you. I'd love to smell a daffodil perfume.


  5. Asali May 11, 2011 at 12:25 Reply

    Ha, Ines, I was thinking exactly the same resently. Floral? It must be all the perfumes that I smell and think "nice", before I throw myself over the orientals and woodies :-)But I don't own a single one, and would actually like to find a floral that suits me. I of course have absolutely no suggestions for you, but I'll be watching this space…


  6. Michael May 11, 2011 at 13:24 Reply

    Ines have you ever tried Datura Noir by Serge Lutens? That is based on the Datura flower. Of course, I don't know if that qualifies as a white floral, but it is something different to the usual suspects.


  7. Ines May 11, 2011 at 13:40 Reply

    Asali, in my new search I'm going through samples I have that might work and I already found one! PdN's Week-end a Deauville. It's great – probably because it's a green floral and after work I'm off to check its availability in Zagreb (and see if they can suggest something else).


  8. Ines May 11, 2011 at 13:42 Reply

    Hi Michael, yes, I tried Datura Noir (and love it) but for me it falls into the lush white category (no wonder I love it). :)Thank you for the suggestion – I should wear it to remember exactly why I like it so much.


  9. waftbyCarol May 11, 2011 at 14:06 Reply

    Oh dear , thye list is endless . It is time for me to send you another care package…Hermes HirisAnnick Goutal Heure ExquiseCarthusia Aria di capriDSH Parfum de GrasseRifat ozbek OzbekMadame RochasL'Air du tempsApercuMiller Harris Coeur de Fleur….


  10. Ines May 11, 2011 at 14:11 Reply

    Thank you Carol for that list! From it, I only know Hermes Hiris and I love that one – so it's a bit strange now I think about it, that I don't own it (I know why though, I wanted to buy it, it wasn't available and later just slipped my mind).Although looking at your list, I'm a bit ashamed confessing I have no idea how some of the classics on it smell like… Ooops.


  11. Asali May 11, 2011 at 20:58 Reply

    Thanks Ines. PdN definitely on my Paris list, and Hermes Hiris, I must go and try in the 'local' H-store.


  12. Elisa May 11, 2011 at 22:42 Reply

    I was going to say you should investigate green florals! I see you've already found one. Perhaps because it's spring I want to suggest Gucci Envy, but it's not for everyone…


  13. Carrie Meredith May 12, 2011 at 01:16 Reply

    I second an exploration of iris (that's what I'm currently doing), The Perfumed Court has wonderful iris samplers. Or there's Carol. :)I'd ALSO like to second Birgit's recommendation of Ormonde Jayne– if you get the Discovery Set (2ml sprays of each of their 12 fragrances), you will have the chance to try many different florals, and they are all pretty sheer and not overwhelming, they were a lot of fun for me to test because I was not always comfortable with florals. Now, I'm getting to know which ones I love and which are best to avoid. Oh, and what about Lily? It's very unique.


  14. Carrie Meredith May 12, 2011 at 02:44 Reply

    I just thought about something else- have you tried Guerlain L'Heure Bleue EDP? I'm wearing it right now, and had the thought that maybe you'd like it. It's a powdery floral oriental, lots of heliotrope, tuberose, iris and other florals with vanilla and musk base. It's gorgeous, it was one of the first perfumes I fell in love with when I was a teenager. 🙂


  15. Ines May 12, 2011 at 10:12 Reply

    Elisa, I was thinking that green florals might be my way into the florals. I love green perfumes. :)I'm not really familiar with Gucci Envy – I can't seem to remember the names of Gucci perfumes, they all get mixed up in my head and I never know which is which.


  16. Ines May 12, 2011 at 10:15 Reply

    Carrie, thank you for the suggestions, I'm getting a bit into the lily teritorry (tried AG Des Lys yesterday and I like the weirdness of it).As for OJ, I tried several of those perfumes and they don't work on me. They have a shrill note that gets into my nose and won't leave so I can't really smell anything else.Of course, as I haven't tried them all, there might be sth among them for me (I'm still hoping some of the lush flowery ones might work).


  17. Ines May 12, 2011 at 10:16 Reply

    Carrie, I'll give L'Heure Blue another try. So far, it hasn't really swept me off my feet.


  18. Undina May 14, 2011 at 08:07 Reply

    Le Mimosa by Annick Goutal (and other mimosas – you have a link to my post about perfumes with that flower – thank you, btw);Champs Elysées by Guerlain,Nectarine Blossom and Honey or Orange Blossom by Jo Malone,Black Violet by Tom Ford,Muguet Blanc by Van Cleef & Arpels


  19. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:19 Reply

    Asali, PdN is a hit and miss for me. Some I love, some smell very strange on me. I wonder what you'll make of them.Btw, I have a new PdN love – Odalisque (Weekend a Deauville is not yet available here so I did some sniffing of others in the line). 😀


  20. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:21 Reply

    Undina, thank you very much for the suggestions. 🙂 All are new to me.*rubbing my hands with glee because of the new things on the floral list to try*


  21. ChickenFreak May 19, 2011 at 07:25 Reply

    Hmm. Un Lys? And another vote for Hiris, though does iris root count as floral? And…y'know, I don't seem to have all that many non-jasmine florals in my collection either. Oh, Osmanthe Yunnan. Bas de Soie? Y'know, I'd forgotten Bas de Soie; I think I'm going to wear it tomorrow. And does Issey Miyake A Scent count as floral, or is it primarily green? I think both Bas de Soie and A Scent have hyacinth; maybe that's what I'm craving right now.


  22. Ines May 19, 2011 at 11:52 Reply

    Hey CF, thanks for suggestions. Un Lys counts. I should give Bas de Soie another try, I forgot how it smells (I just have to find my sample first). :)Anything with hyacinths and I'm sold.


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